Updated on October 31 at 6:09 p.m.
A Russian passenger plane carrying 224 people crashed Saturday morning in a remote area of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian officials said.
There were no survivors, the Russian embassy in Cairo said on its Twitter account. The passengers were 138 women, 62 men, and 17 children, according to the Associated Press. There were seven crew members. All the passengers were Russian except for three, who were Ukrainian.
The commercial plane, operated by Russian airline Metrojet, was bound for St. Petersburg, Russia. It took off shortly before 6 a.m. local time from the airport in Sharm el-Sheikh, a popular Red Sea tourist spot for Russians, located at the southern tip of the peninsula, according to the AP. About 20 minutes after taking off, the aircraft disappeared from flight-tracking systems. Egyptian aviation officials said the pilot had reported technical difficulties and was planning to land at the nearest airport before losing contact with air traffic controllers. The airplane had been flying at an altitude of about 30,000 feet when communication was lost.
Egyptian authorities found the wreckage in the mountainous Hassana area, south of the city of el-Arish. Egypt had dispatched 50 ambulances to the scene. The cause of the crash is not yet known.